Susan Greenbaum
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Susan Greenbaum

Richmond, Virginia, United States

Richmond, Virginia, United States
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter

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"Billboard Singles"

Kansas City native, Harvard grad, and Richmond, VA, resident Susan Greenbaum has built a manic following in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. and across the Internet airwaves on mp3.com. Her current single, the pop/folk crafted "Everything But You," has accomplished the rare--make that near impossible--feat of an indie artist scoring significant airplay at a mainstream, cosmopolitan-market station, in this case hot AC WMXB (B103) Richmond. Understanding the inspriation behind such acclaim is a no-brainer: THis self-penned song percolates with a joyous bounce and a rich and creative palette of organic instrumentation, highlighted by a well-placed violin. Greenbaum's voice is a delight, both in this song and throughout her current opus, "Wake Up!" It's strong, clear, and drenched in pleasing harmonies. Lyrically, she talks of all the material things she has and how love yet evades: "I have everything that my TV tells me I cannot live without/And I have everything that the American dreamers dream about/I don't need more stuff, I have more than enough/Oh, but what can I do? I have everything but you." Great, huh? This song from a startlingly adept writer delivers the goods across the board; it's produced to perfection by John Morand and is ripe for national airplay. Triple-A, hot AC, modern adult, and adult top 40 programmers, please hear it for yourself at susangreenbaum.com, or call ###. - Billboard Magazine


"Billboard Singles"

Richmond, VA-based Susan Greenbaum sends her folk-rock roots to the corner long enough to open new set "Hey, Hey, Hey!" with airwaves tonic "Spin Like a Top," a throbbing, psychedelic pop-rocker that rounds up the singer/songwriter's greatest strengths: hooks that drill into your brain; smart, organic production; and enough lyrical substance to make the music an interactive experience. In this case, Greenbaum offers a candid spin on the wounds that gang violence inflicts upon our nation's neighborhoods, via the fast-talking tale of Manny and Rod, who make a living "lyin', killin', stealin', cheatin'." Hers is a voice with something to say, embraced by strong-willed musicality ready and willing to go the distance at adult top 40. Don't waste a minute: susangreenbaum.com. - Billboard Magazine


Discography

“Hey, Hey, Hey” LP, released 2002
"Wake Up!" LP, released 1999
"Actual Size" LP, released 1997
"You Are My Holiday" EP/single, 2004
Several songs played on XM Unsigned and XM UPop, as well as on ClearChannel's WTVR-FM

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Susan Greenbaum has committed the first sin of musicians: She quit her day job. After working as a corporate executive in Fortune 500 companies, Susan traded her power suits for performing. She has been singing as long as she’s been speaking, growing up in Kansas City, in college at Harvard, and in Boston and Richmond, VA. And now her tax return, under "Occupation," reads, "Singer-songwriter."

Susan was the Grand Prize overall winner of the 2005 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, winning for her song, “Spin Like a Top.” In an unprecedented occurrence in the contest’s 22-year history, she also won Second Prize overall, for the seasonal song, “You Are My Holiday”; no artist had previously won more than one of the overall prizes. Susan also had five other songs named finalists or awarded honorable mentions.

Susan and her band won a national competition to be the opening act for international recording star Jewel; they were chosen by industry professionals and over 100,000 Internet voters. As Jewel wound up playing solo on the tour, Susan did, too, and enjoyed overwhelming success on the ten-show tour across the Northeast, selling almost 1,000 CDs and welcoming thousands of new fans.

The Susan Greenbaum Band was one of a select group of acts chosen to perform for the 2006 Virginia Inaugural Concert, celebrating the inauguration of Timothy Kaine as Governor of Virginia.

Susan released her third independent CD, "Hey, Hey, Hey!" in September ‘02 to rave reviews. The disc is a 13-song collection of intelligent lyrics, beautiful melodies, catchy hooks and always Susan's mellifluous and versatile voice. Within every song and performance are the artist's sincerity and boundless energy. The success of her third CD adds to Susan’s CD sales totals of 12,000.

Billboard Magazine has reviewed two songs from “Hey, Hey, Hey!” in the “Singles” column. “Spin Like a Top” has “hooks that drill into your brain; smart, organic production; and lyrical substance to make the music an interactive experience.” "Everything but You" received a glowing review in Billboard when released as a single in 2000, and it was also added to commercial radio station WMXB-103.7 FM at 46 spins/week. The Richmond Times-Dispatch called “Hey, Hey, Hey!” the best local release of 2002.

Prior to "Hey, Hey, Hey!" Susan released "Wake Up!" in 1999, receiving Finalist awards in both the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the U.S.A. Songwriting Contest. "Wake Up!" was the logical follow-up to her mostly acoustic 1997 debut recording, "Actual Size."

Susan draws big, enthusiastic audiences who delight in her lively, diverse and powerful performances. Thanks to the Internet, she has fans on every continent. She performs solo and with her band and has appeared at such venues as The Bottom Line in NYC, The Birchmere, and Rams Head Tavern. In addition to touring with Jewel, Susan’s credits include performing an acoustic set with Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley; sharing bills with Jill Sobule; and opening for Kenny Loggins, Patty Griffin, Dar Williams, Janis Ian, Todd Snider, Tuck and Patti, Iris DeMent, Lucy Kaplansky, Lloyd Cole and Catie Curtis. Susan also endorses W.L Gore’s Elixir Strings. The most frequently heard comment at her gigs is, "Great songs--and how does all that big, beautiful sound come out of someone under five feet tall?" Find out at susangreenbaum.com and sonicbids.com.